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Data are a major asset of economic and social research - the basis for research and also the ultimate product of research. Research data quality and provenance then become paramount in underpinning subsequent sharing and secondary scientific use. As the UK's largest funder of research on economic and social issues, the ESRC has been at the forefront of promoting the culture of sharing the results and data of the research it funds. The ESRC considers that effective data management is an essential precondition for generating high quality reusable data.
This is a timely, comprehensive and really useful guide to good practice in the management and sharing of research data. It outlines the processes and practices needed to ensure the highest standards of data management and addresses the potential pitfalls of poor practice – from the importance of early planning, to the issues of confidentiality and consent, rights and permissions, and citation. Its great strength is the way it combines clear ‘how to’ case studies and checklists for action, with the rationale for action on each topic, addressing potential concerns and pitfalls.
The breadth and depth of the cumulative expertise of the authors is evident throughout the sections of Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice that systematically highlight and address key trends and topics in research data management. The text is full of a rich combination of detailed examples, diagrams, exercises, and extensive references.
At the heart of good research lies good data management practice. Corti and her co-authors give us a vivid and comprehensive account of the ins-and-outs of this vital professional skill, from managing and sharing data, understanding the data lifecycle and realistically costing data management, through documenting and organising data, to securing, preserving and reusing data while honouring ethical accountability and intellectual property considerations.
This is the book we have been waiting for: a comprehensive guide to best practice in the essential work of preserving and sharing the data fundamentals necessary for modern, professional social science. The area is to a degree at the boundaries of standard research work and practitioners have to an extent been making it up as they go along; so, Louise Corti and her colleagues have done the wider research community a great service with this excellent guide.
Corti et al have produced a great introductory text for researchers, librarians, and anyone involved in supporting the creation or reuse of research data. The team has extensive experience in issues surrounding the care and curation of a range of data, and put that experience to good effect in producing this guide.
The authors of Managing and Sharing Research Data all work at the Data Archive and collectively have a wealth of experience in the complex range of activities related to promoting, managing and facilitating data sharing... This guide sets out to help students, researchers, academics and research support staff through these processes and deals with documenting, formatting, storing and transferring data, as well as with legal and ethical issues, publication and citation.
This book fills a gap in the market and will, I’m sure, be read by researchers in any discipline where data management skills are needed. I would recommend this book without hesitation. Well written, informative and, with its commitment to transparency and data sharing, commendable.
“Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice” is a solid introduction to best practices for collecting, storing and disseminating data that is intended to be shared with other researchers. While the book is written with social scientists in mind, it is a very useful resource for the sharing of clinical research data in the new era of transparency.
The book represents an excellent textbook resource for researchers at any stage of their career who are keen to share their research evidence and materials. The authors have clear and demonstrated technical expertise in this area and the book is packed with useful and practical advice covering all stages of the research process.
The authors state: "This book contains up-to-date, easy-to-digest information about managing and sharing research data”. They are true to their word. The book is aimed at researchers at all levels, from novice Masters or PhD student to experienced professors or research group leaders; and for rapidly increasing group of research support staff. I belong to latter category after many years as a researcher. After having written an RDM policy at our institution I was asked, together with our RDM librarian, to work out workshops for PhD students and later for faculty.
This book gives an outlook of data related activities any academic researcher. I find the book very helpful for student to get aware of how they manage, store, share and publish their work. The book is well structured and offers different perspectives on ICT-rich environmennt, data management tools planning, ethics and collaborative research and much more. I am very exited about this book and also the book offers a webpage http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/manage-data/handbook for additional resources.
Does not match with the requirements of my new course on Research Organisation and Management, being developed for new PG students.
A readable text containing much useful information.
A good supplement to core texts and lectures.
After reviewing this text I was unsure of its place in our current course so did not feel able to adopt it currently.
I found this book is a useful reading, especially for researchers who are still adapting to new strategies and rules for data gathering in the digital world. Its contents are well organised and clearly exposed, and tables and figures are very helpful. Case studies and exercises designed for each topic are very useful as well as are references at the end of every chapter, leaving clues to further explore each subject.
Clearly set out, very useful for our students.
an essential text for all researchers, accessible and interesting.
This is recommended for the MA Narrative & Interactive Arts at NTU in the school of Art and Design.
A really practical book, with some very valuable information about the legal framework.